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Native American

  • April 21, 2015

    Wash. Tribe Wants Members To Weigh In On Pot Legalization

    Tribal leaders of Washington state's Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are asking tribe members for their input on an initiative that would legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana on the reservation, according to a Monday statement.

  • April 21, 2015

    SD Tribe Says IGRA Bars State Taxes On Casino Customers

    A South Dakota tribe on Monday urged a South Dakota federal judge to reject the state's bid for judgment in a tax dispute, arguing that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act preempted the state government’s authority to impose taxes on nontribal members at the tribe’s casino.

  • April 21, 2015

    DOI, Navajo Nation Agree To Implement Buyback Program

    The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Monday it had entered into a cooperative agreement with the Navajo Nation to help implement a land buyback program included in the government's settlement with Native American landowners over alleged mismanagement of natural and energy resources on tribal lands.

  • April 21, 2015

    Maine Gov. Says Tribes Haven't Respected State

    The governor of Maine has issued an executive order canceling out a 2011 order that required the state to seek input from Native American tribes on state laws and policies, saying the tribes haven't respected the state's interests and asserting state courts' authority over the tribes' natural resources.

  • April 21, 2015

    How To Woo Native American In-House Counsel

    Law firms that are new to working with Native American tribes or looking to expand their business must be willing to learn the unique nature of tribes’ legal needs, experts say. Here, tribal counsel and attorneys offer seven tips for attracting Native American tribes’ attention and establishing a long-term relationship.

  • April 21, 2015

    Mohegans To Construct Casino At South Korean Airport

    The operator of the tribal-owned Mohegan Sun casino and South Korea's Incheon International Airport Corp. have agreed to construct a 1,000-room resort and a nearly 200,000-square-foot casino on airport grounds, the two companies announced Monday.

  • April 21, 2015

    DOI Fights Calif. Tribes' Bid To Block $1.13B Solar Project

    The U.S. Department of Interior on Monday urged a California federal judge to reject an attempt to block the $1.13 billion Blythe Solar Power Project, saying the Colorado River Indian Tribes’ challenge leans on allegations of procedural deficiencies that have already been addressed.

  • April 20, 2015

    Conn. Bill Allowing More Tribal Casinos Advances

    A Connecticut bill that would authorize the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to open up three more casinos in the state passed another hurdle Monday when a second legislative committee gave it the thumbs up, despite warnings that the bill could potentially decrease state slot-machine revenues.

  • April 20, 2015

    Fort Sill Apache Ask NM Justices To Reconsider Gaming Row

    The Fort Sill Apache Tribe has made another attempt to get the New Mexico Supreme Court to force Gov. Susana Martinez to sign a gambling compact with the tribe, insisting that she sidestepped state law in refusing to do so.

  • April 20, 2015

    Wash. Tribes Say Fishing Rights Do Include Sea Mammals

    Several northwest Washington tribes urged a federal judge Friday to reject a claim that historical evidence of tribes hunting marine mammals isn't enough to help them establish fishing boundaries, saying taking away those rights would undermine the fishing rights of many other tribes.

  • April 20, 2015

    Supreme Court Rejects $48M Native American Tobacco Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review an Oklahoma Supreme Court decision denying Native American cigarette distributor Native Wholesale Supply Co.’s bid to overturn a $48 million fine levied by the state for selling contraband cigarettes.

  • April 20, 2015

    Alaska Senate Demands DOI Lift Native Land Limits

    A resolution threatening legal action if Congress fails to lift restrictions on more than 152 million acres of land that were closed to appropriation under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and other legislation breezed through the Alaska Senate on Friday and now awaits the governor's signature.

  • April 20, 2015

    Tribal Descendants Urge Court To Review Charter In Land Row

    Descendants of the Mdewakanton people have urged a Minnesota federal court to review a clause in the Lower Sioux Indian Community’s charter, arguing it shows the community does not have tribal sovereign immunity, thus nullifying the LSIC’s basis for sanctions against them.

  • April 20, 2015

    Ariz. Tribe Seeks To Block Uranium Mining During Appeal

    The Havasupai Tribe on Friday asked an Arizona federal judge to block any progress on a uranium mining project near the Grand Canyon while the Ninth Circuit considers its appeal of a ruling that allows the mine to go ahead.

  • April 20, 2015

    DC Circ. Asked For $10.5M In Indian Trust Suit Fees

    Class representatives in a massive lawsuit over mismanaged Native American trust funds pressed a D.C. Circuit panel Monday to toss a ruling nixing their bid for up to $10.5 million in outstanding court costs in their record settlement with the government, saying the lower court wrongly barred payouts destined for third parties.

  • April 20, 2015

    9th Circ. Nixes Tribe's Gaming Compact Suit Against Wash.

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday upheld a lower court judgment tossing the Tulalip Tribes of Washington’s complaint seeking amendment of its tribal-state gaming compact to acquire additional licenses for video player terminals, ruling a “most-favored tribe” clause in the compact didn't require the state to adopt Tulalip’s proposed amendment.

  • April 20, 2015

    Fed. Circ. Hints Trademark Rule Might Be Unconstitutional

    The Federal Circuit on Monday shot down an appeal arguing that federal restrictions on “disparaging” trademarks are unconstitutional — but also included a lengthy side note on why another court should rule otherwise.

  • April 20, 2015

    High Court Passes On Wis. Off-Reservation Night Hunting Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it would not review a Seventh Circuit judgment favoring several Wisconsin Native American tribes in their challenge to a 23-year-old judgment that had prohibited members from hunting deer at night off of their reservations.

  • April 20, 2015

    4 Tips For Traversing The Calif. Tribal Gambling Landscape

    As with any jurisdiction, California has its peculiarities when it comes to regulating Native American casinos and other gambling ventures, requiring lawyers to be ready to tackle negotiations on a number of fronts simultaneously. Here, experts share four tips to steer clients through the system unscathed.

  • April 17, 2015

    The 100 Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    For the first time ever, Law360 has ranked the 100 best U.S. law firms for women, based on the firm's female representation at the partner and nonpartner levels and its total number of female attorneys.